Dec 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Senate passes short-term funding bill amid border wall fight

Mitch McConnell

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The Senate passed a short-term funding bill Wednesday night to keep the federal government open until Feb. 8.

The big picture: President Trump declared last week he would be "proud to shut down the government" over the $5 billion he's demanded for the border wall, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident it wouldn't come to that. The House will now need to approve the Senate's bill before it heads to Trump's desk for signing ahead of Friday's shutdown deadline. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have called on Trump to veto the bill, claiming it's his last chance to save his signature campaign promise before Democrats take control of the House.

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